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By Perry Valantine and By Perry Valantine | December 5, 2012
Tuesday night was the Costa Mesa City Council's first meeting with the newly elected and re-elected members. In light of Measure V's sound defeat and Councilman Gary Monahan's skin-of-the-teeth re-election - not to mention the mere 125-vote difference between total votes cast for the "3M" candidates and the "Top Three" candidates - I expected that the council majority would have gotten the message that they don't have a mandate and they need to be...
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By Bradley Zint | December 5, 2012
Jim Righeimer was elected Tuesday night by his peers to be the next mayor of Costa Mesa. The 3-2 vote during the City Council meeting - with Councilwomen Wendy Leece and Sandy Genis dissenting - puts him in the largely ceremonial role for the next two years alongside Councilman Steve Mensinger, who after a 4-1 vote took the mayor pro tem seat. Since first being elected to the dais in 2010, Righeimer has been a vocal proponent of addressing the city's pension liabilities through enacting a city charter and laying off employees, among other measures.
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By Jill Cowan | November 10, 2012
First in a series of profiles about those in the trenches of Costa Mesa's political battle. Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece peers down through a pair of spectacles at a pile of notes spread out on the coffee table. "Because we have South Coast Plaza, we are in a very unique situation from other cities, like Stockton," she says, mentioning the bankrupt Northern California town. "We have this revenue source that brings in about $40 million - our sales tax revenue is about $40 million a year - and the rest is property tax....
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By Lauren Williams | October 18, 2012
An injunction that temporarily stopped Costa Mesa from privatizing some city services will go to the state Supreme Court, city officials said Wednesday. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to appeal a lower-court ruling that has prevented the city from outsourcing workers to private companies until a lawsuit filed by employees is heard. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. It is up to the state's high court whether to hear the petition or let the lower court's decision stand, said attorney John Alexander Vogt, private counsel representing the city.
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By Joseph Serna | August 9, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council on Thursday approved several last-minute edits to its description of a proposed charter scheduled to go on the general election ballot. Special Counsel to the City Kimberly Hall Barlow said the changes were minor in nature and more accurately reflect the final version of the proposed city constitution that residents will vote on in November. "I apologize that we even have to have this meeting," she said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier headline on this story incorrectly said that changes were made to the charter.
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By Joseph Serna | August 8, 2012
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece withdrew her request Tuesday for the council to reexamine the city's agreement with the developer of Banning Ranch. She said Newport Banning Ranch LLC, or NBR, asked her to do so until it could review the agreement, which the council approved and modified last month. The $4.4-million agreement would pay for street improvements the city needs to handle the proposed residential and commercial development's predicted traffic influx. Located adjacent to Costa Mesa in Newport Beach, the development still requires California Coastal Commission approval.
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By Joseph Serna | August 4, 2012
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece is seeking an opinion from the state Fair Political Practices Commission on whether it is a conflict of interest for her to reopen an agreement Tuesday between her city and the developer of Banning Ranch. Leece's Westside address is near the 401-acre swath of oil fields that its developer, Newport Banning Ranch LLC, wants to clean up and build new homes and businesses upon. Costa Mesa, which has no formal say in whether the development in West Newport can move forward, voted July 17 to accept $4.4 million from Newport Banning Ranch to pay for road improvements at seven of the city's intersections.
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By Joseph Serna | July 26, 2012
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece has requested another hearing of her city's $4.4-million agreement with the developer of Banning Ranch to help pay for street improvements. Newport Banning Ranch LLC, or NBR — which hopes to build more than 1,300 homes, a hotel and commercial businesses on old fields in a 400-acre section of West Newport that borders Westside Costa Mesa — made the agreement with Costa Mesa if that city agreed not to file a legal challenge against the project or oppose permit requests.
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By Joseph Serna | July 11, 2012
Costa Mesa's proposed charter does not allow the City Council to run roughshod over city laws and become unaccountable to the public, Special Counsel Kimberly Hall Barlow said Tuesday. "I don't see anything in here that changes the fundamental right of the people to elect their elected officials, come to public hearings, to do the same type of things the public can do when their council is here," Barlow said during Costa Mesa's second public hearing on the proposed charter expected on November's ballot.
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to extend the hours of the Target at 3030 Harbor Blvd. six days a week from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., nearly five months after store representatives acknowledged repeatedly breaking its hourly operational agreement with the city. The new hours are effective immediately. Councilwoman Wendy Leece and Councilman Steve Mensinger dissented, stating their disapproval for Target's violation of the agreement instated in April 2000 and the inadequate community outreach.
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